KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday announced two days of mourning in Karachi, calling for all businesses to remain shut after over the custodial death of a party worker at the Aziz Bhatti police station, according to a statement on the MQM’s official website.
A post-mortem of deceased MQM worker Muhammad Waseem who was held at the Aziz Bhatti police station revealed there were signs of torture on his body.
According to initial report, the deceased suffered a head injury after being hit hard with a blunt object. It also said the victim suffered asphyxiation resulting in cardio-respiratory failure.
Additional Inspector General Sindh police Ghulam Qadir Thebo suspended Station House Officer (SHO) Masood Razzaq. The four police officers who were investigating Waseem were also taken into custody, said Karachi-East SSP Pir Mohammed Shah.
MQM supremo Altaf Hussain in a statement on the party’s website expressed his condolences upon the passing of the party worker ─ who he said was a Baldia Town Unit-117 worker ─ and said all party members were united in this tragedy.
Muhammad Waseem was arrested yesterday from Dalmiya, where police recovered weapons from his possession. Waseem’s body is being transported to his home in Baldia Town.
The Additional IG along with the Deputy IG and the SSP East will launch a probe into the case. Further action will be taken following detailed post-mortem reports, said Spokesman Karachi Police Atiq Shaikh.